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Dr Bonnie Thomas

Convener (French)
European Languages and Studies

Contact details
European Languages and Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2171
+61 8 6488 1069
Room 2.15, Arts Building, Perth campus
BA PhD W.Aust.
Bonnie completed her PhD in French Studies and History at the University of Western Australia focusing on gender identity in contemporary French Caribbean literature. She currently teaches in the areas of French language and French and francophone literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Bonnie also has extensive experience teaching English as a foreign language.
Key research
Francophone Caribbean literature
History, memory and trauma studies
Twentieth-century French intellectual thought
Gender Studies
Teaching and learning
Recent Publications

Connecting Histories: Francophone Caribbean Writers Interrogating Their Past (University Press of Mississippi Press, 2017).

"Memory is an Archipelago: Glissant, Chamoiseau and the Literary Expression of Cultural Memory" in Michael R. Griffiths (ed.), Biopolitics and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Culture, Ashgate, UK, 2016, pp. 179-191.

"Narrating Trauma: Distance and Proximity in the Haitian Earthquake of 2010", Australian Journal of French Studies, 53, 1/2, 2016, pp. 70-81.

"Restarting the Stopped Clock of Time: Rethinking Mobility in Edwidge Danticat's Non-Fiction" in Kate Averis & Isabel Hollis-Touré (eds.), Exiles, Travellers and Nomads: Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women's Writing, University of Wales Press, 2016, pp. 169-187.

"Edouard Glissant" in Sangeeta Ray & Henry Schwarz et al. (eds.), The Encyclopaedia of Postcolonial Studies, Blackwell Publishing, 2016.

Jacques Roumain, ‘Gouverneurs de la rosée’: étude critique by Christiane Chaulet-Achour, Reviewed by Bonnie Thomas, French Studies, 70(4), 2016, pp. 619-620.

For further publications, please click on the link at the bottom of the page.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Deputy Head (Education Admin), School of Humanities
Convenor of French
Associate Editor, "Essays in French Literature and Culture"
Editorial Advisory Board Member for "Archipelies", Université des Antilles-Guyane
Advisory Board Member, Tuart College
Funding received
UWA Multimedia Innovation Grant 2005
UWA Research Grant 2006
UWA Teaching Fellowship 2005, 2008, 2013
UWA Research Development Award 2009
UWA Improving Student Learning Grant 2012
UWA Teaching Relief Grant 2016
French (near-native)
American Association of Teachers of French
Australian Association of Caribbean Studies
Australian Society of French Studies
Honours and awards
UWA Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Excellence in Teaching Award 2018
Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2017
Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (High Commendation) 2017
UWA Excellence in Teaching Award 2015
UWA Student Guild Student's Choice Excellence in Teaching Award 2014, 2016, 2017
Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards 2004, 2009, 2014
Finalist, Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards 2012, 2016
UWA nominee for national Excellence in Teaching Awards 2006 (early career), 2011, 2015, 2016 (Arts & Humanities)
Further nominations for Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards 2010, 2013, 2015
Nomination for Excellence in Research Supervision 2015
Previous positions
Macquarie University, Sydney

As part of my role at UWA:
Equity and diversity advisor
Arts faculty CATLyst (Arts representative for the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning)
Beginners French (FREN1401/1402)
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Intellectual Thought (FREN2001)
Francophone Caribbean Literature (FREN3814)
Current projects
I am currently working on a new project focusing on contemporary Haitian poetry, in particular that of Rodney Saint-Eloi.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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